Michigan rise in international trade reflection of record year for US exports
Caroline MacGregor March 8, 2013 | WGVU
2012 was a
record year for Michigan Exports - up from 51.0 billion to 56.9 billion.
Michigan’s strong performance was instrumental in the US reaching an all-time
record for exports of goods and services, well over 2-trillion in 2012, supporting
nearly 10 million American jobs.
Here in Michigan,
merchandise export sales in 2012 outpaced the 2011 figures in to numerous countries
including China, up 21 percent from 2011 figures. Exports included transportation
equipment; machinery, chemicals; primary metals and
computer and electronic products.
Gin San Industries in Walker exported car
wash equipment to several countries among them - Australia, New Zealand, Spain,
Sweden, Iceland and the Czech Republic.
General Manager, Rob Fuller, says his company continues
to pursue new markets.
“Our next step is to move into South America because we are fairly seasonal. If you think of car washing - people aren't building car washes too much in the winter time. In the winter time here it's summer time in the southern hemisphere - you know, Brazil, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand are really what we are starting to push so that will help our seasonal business a little bit.”
Kendra Kuo is
the director of the U.S. Commercial Service Office in Grand Rapids which connects
companies with international distributors. She says efforts to
remove trade barriers and help American businesses compete globally have helped
28th annual West Michigan World Trade Week Business Conference, "Managing
Your Global Risk," led by ITA’s US Commercial Service and the Van Andel
Global Trade Center of Grand Valley will offer export training
on market development, payment risks, federal and state government resources,
and legal advice on implementing international distributor contracts.
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